Guided vocabulary, write these down!
A tessellation is an arrangement of closed
shapes put together, completely covering
an area without any overlaps.
repetition by taking a
shape and repeating it
in a sequence, forming
Tessellations have been around for
centuries, originating in the mathematical
They were first documented in 1619 by
They were used largely for tile designs for
floors, walls, and even ceilings!
Later in the early 1900’s, tessellations
entered the art world by M.C. Escher.
Escher is a modern
artist, who veered away from
the traditional subject matter
of realism, heading towards
more abstract and
His interest in mathematics
inspired him to create his
Escher’s 1st tessellation
printed in gold & silver on silk
Regular Division of the Plane with Birds,1949
1. Cut your own design in the construction
paper. This will be your template for your
2. Place this template on your
paper, starting in the upper left corner.
3. Trace the template.
4. Move it to the right and repeat, going row
5. Color it in!
Instead of a basic shape, we challenge you
to create an animal or another object for a
tessellation template. Think about M.C.
Escher and his own tessellations.
Are you up for the challenge?
Check out these other websites!
Escher, M.C. (n.d.). Pictures of M.C. Escher's work. Retrieved
Math Academy Online, Initials. (1997). The Mathematical Art of
M.C. Escher. Retrieved from
Modern Art. Dictionary.com. Retrieved February 10, 2011,
Stereo pictures revolution. (2008). Retrieved from
The M.C. Escher Company B.V. (n.d.). M.C. Escher: the official
website. Retrieved from http://www.mcescher.com/